Posted March 23rd, 2009 by Mike
Filed under: Baseball, Feature

The Texas Longhorn baseball team got swept by an average Kansas Jayhawk team to fall to 2-4 in conference. The Longhorns have now lost four straight and five of their last seven after a series win against [tag]Stanford[/tag] propelled them to number one in the nation.

The Texas bats once again failed to come through. The Longhorn pitching staff has yet to give up more than six runs in a game. Conversely the Texas offense has only recorded over six runs one time in the last 12 games. For the few series of the season the pitching staff dominance was enough to carry the team to victory, but since conference play has began it simply hasn’t been enough.

Both the starters and the bullpen had a solid weekend. Texas gave up five runs in the first game and four runs in the next two. In college baseball, remember the bats are metal, five runs shouldn’t win you many games.

Texas has failed to come through with runners in scoring position all year. [tag]Augie Garrido[/tag] believes in the sacrifice bunt. That is a fact, a fact that Texas baseball fans just need to swallow and get over. It will not change. The man is the all time leading college baseball coach in team wins. He has won titles at two schools, with two completely different budgets. Again, he is not going to change. As long as he is the coach the Longhorns will scrap to get on base, move people over, and count on clutch hitting, good defense, and solid starting pitching.

Unfortunately the bats are not coming through, and when you give up outs to move people along each at bat is magnified. And right now there are too many blemishes in the current lineup to play with less than 27 outs.

But Augie ain’t changing.

Because of that this team will go as far as the pitching staff can carry them until the bats wake up. If they ever do. The good news is Texas will enter every series, except maybe with [tag]Baylor[/tag], with the best overall pitching staff. The problem is that teams like Baylor, [tag]Missouri[/tag], [tag]Oklahoma State[/tag], and possibly Texas A&M have a number one starter that is better than [tag]Chance Ruffin[/tag]. If opposing teams can take the first game it turns every series into a must sweep on the weekend. This already happen with Missouri.

Texas has the bats in the lineup and on the bench to compete with any team in the nation. The question is not one of talent. Right now it doesn’t look like the bats fit the get them on, move them over, bring them in strategy of Longhorn baseball.

Augie ain’t going to change. Will the bats?


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